Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

SILVER SCREEN FIEND by Patton Oswalt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A funny, insightful homage to movie love and an honest account of growing up, personally and professionally."
A comedian's lively memoir about his movie addiction. Read full book review >
THE PARTNERSHIP by Pamela Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"With a novelist's eye for telling details, Katz offers a colorful, perceptive and riveting portrait of a remarkable artistic partnership."
The explosive collaboration of two brilliant artists. Read full book review >

THE FALL OF LANGUAGE IN THE AGE OF ENGLISH by Minae Mizumura
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A best-seller in Japan, Mizumura's essay is likely to find only a narrow audience here, but that does not diminish its urgency in the least."
Are these the last days of writers writing in Finnish, Catalan, Japanese and other languages? This slender book finds reason to worry that with English as the "universal language," national literatures will disappear. Read full book review >
MR. AMERICA by John D. Fair
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"An entertaining narrative of the bodybuilding subculture in America."
A history of the Mr. America pageant, the first major competitive bodybuilding showcase that helped popularize the sport. Read full book review >
GEORGE HARRISON by Graeme Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Indifferent writing and tut-tutting and shallow criticism conspire to make this of interest mostly to completist collectors."
New biography of the youngest, gloomiest Beatle. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Although the prose can plod, the information and insights engage in a rousing race for the end zone."
Three academics from Marquette University, one of whom (Koonce) is a former NFL player, apply some sociological techniques to analyzing the situations of ex-NFL players. Read full book review >
THE WRITERS by Miranda J. Banks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"An interesting case study of the impact of evolving technologies and distribution methods on a labor union's priorities and strategies."
Well-informed survey of film and TV writers' decadeslong battle to defend their economic and creative interests. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Funny and engaging throughout and, for all the author's self-deprecation, perfectly erudite."
Is there life after Dan Brown? That was the question worrying Miller (Tilting at Windmills: How I Tried to Stop Worrying and Love Sport, 2003), who had a midlife crisis of confidence after realizing it had been years since he had picked up anything heavier than The Da Vinci Code.Read full book review >
LET'S GO CRAZY by Alan Light
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A must-read for the Prince die-hards who have remained devoted through the musical meanderings of the last three decades."
Everything you ever wanted to know about the making of the popular Prince movie—and much more. Read full book review >
BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR by Scott Saul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Better written and more thoughtful than David and Joe Henry's Furious Cool (2013). The latter remains worth reading, but this book is the place to start."
Smart blend of social history and biography centering on one of the funniest—and most tragic—people of our time. Read full book review >
CHASE YOUR SHADOW by John Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"The fascinating story of a once-invincible man 'who has made the best of the cards that life has dealt him but…revealed himself to possess to an equally extreme degree the insecurities that all are prey to.'"
An engaging biography of the Olympic sprinter and convicted killer we thought we knew. Read full book review >
WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR by Molly Guptill Manning
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A fresh perspective on the trials of war and the power of books."
How books raised spirits during World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >